18:4 Come out of her. Note also Jeremiah 51:45. It is a sad commentary on Christian men and women throughout history, that their avarice and desire for acceptance by the world has made them so willing to compromise with the spirit of Babylon as it was manifested in their times. Even under the terrible judgments and repeated warnings and pleas of the Lord’s witnesses during the early years of the tribulation, there will apparently be a number of new Christians choosing to live in Babylon. As always, God warns His people not to compromise with the Babylonian system, but to separate from it (II Corinthians 6:14-18).